Fantasy Basketball: Stick With PG Ricky Rubio

By Adam McGill
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During fantasy basketball drafts this fall, one of the most popular point guards selected was Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 23-year-old was finally healthy heading into the season and seemed primed to have a breakout campaign.

However, Rubio has had some serious problems finishing this fantasy season. The point guard is averaging a meager 9.0 points per contest and is currently dead last among the team’s five starters in points per game. He is also shooting an embarrassing 35.1% from the field.

The elite point guards in fantasy are able to score at will nowadays and Rubio’s lack of scoring has caused many to start to loose faith in the youngster’s fantasy ability. He struggles to finish around the hoop and looks as if he lacks confidence at times.

Rubio has done everything else for fantasy fans, despite his lack of field goals. The Spaniard may have scored 7.8 points over his last five games, but he has also added an impressive 9.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.6 steals over that stretch.

The one-guard is currently leading the entire NBA with 2.88 steals per game. He is also tied for fourth in the league with 8.3 assists per game with PG Brandon Jennings. These are starter-quality numbers and the only thing holding him back from putting up All-Star lines right now is his single-digit totals at the right side of the box score.

The point guard obviously doesn’t score like Russell Westbrook or Kyrie Irving, but Rubio has become efficient at filling the rest of the box score. He had become a decent PG2 in the process and he could become a true superstar with a small uptick in scoring. For now, though, fantasy fans will have to settle for a steady dose of dimes, boards, and steals from the one-gaurd as his offensive game comes around.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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